Program Director Catherine Cox Blair, Program Associate Kelley Britt and Dena Belzer, president of Strategic Economics, are in Indianapolis on Sept. 3 presenting at a workshop on creating transit centered communities to a diversity of stakeholders including local and state elected officials, planners, transit staff and non-profits. The project is supported by the Kennedy School’s Municipal Innovation program.
To answer these questions, this report attempts to understand who lives near transit today and who is expected to live there in 25 years. This report also tries to lend a sense of urgency to a dialogue between those who want to ensure high-quality transit service, and those who want to ensure high-quality neighborhoods -- two sets of actors who have much at stake but do not often connect. This dialogue needs to be about how to use the increasingly hot market for housing near transit to serve the interests of many grassroots and community development groups working to build diverse, inclusive, opportunity-rich neighborhoods, and in the process increase support for transit systems around the country.
We welcome Catherine Cox-Blair to Reconnecting America and the CTOD team! Catherine is joining us as a program director, and will provide TOD training to regions and help set up land acquisition funds. Catherine had been a senior associate with Cherokee Investment Fund in Denver, a leading private equity firm that invests in brownfield redevelopment. Before that she had worked for the City of Denver for eight years, managing the city’s exemplary transit oriented development program. In that position she worked with eight city departments, many partner agencies, the mayor’s office and several national organizations, and she had worked with Reconnecting America CEO Shelley Poticha and Strategic Economics principal Dena Belzer on a TOD strategic plan for the city. Catherine also led station area planning efforts and a number of other TOD initiatives including a public housing redevelopment strategy.
About two months ago the Center for TOD released a report called Rails to Real Estate. The basic gist of the report was that development along three new light rail lines was influenced by a number of different factors, some of which include income, employment proximity and walkability. But to me one factor stood out specifically. No matter where the vacant land was available, development was happening proximate to employment destinations along the corridor. As you can see below, along each of the lines that were studied, development followed employment.
Reconnecting America (@reconnecting) and its partners in the Center for Transit-Oriented Development were out at Rail~Volution in Washington, DC, Oct. 16-19. A full list of their workshops and seminars appears at the bottom.
Monday, October 17, 10:30 am Linear Thinking as Creative Thinking: Planning at the Corridor Scale (Elizabeth Wampler) Value Capture: An Overview (Nadine Fogarty)
Monday, October 17, 2:30 pm Empowering Practitioners: Recent Analysis and Research Findings in TOD (Sam Zimbabwe and Matt Sussman) Equitable Sustainable Community Development - Lessons From Around the US (Allison Brooks)
Monday, October 17, 4:00 pm The Politics of Community Change: Race, Class and Displacement in America (Darnell Grisby) Affordable Housing Basics (G. Sasha Forbes) Finance: An Overview (Shanti Breznau)
Tuesday, October 18, 10:00 am ETOD: Focusing Employment Near Transit…